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Robert Okaji: Scarecrow Votes

I am no citizen, but here I reside in the fields

among my dark friends. We’ve laughed

together, but they will not miss me. One day

I’ll vanish without ceremony, tossed into a

rubbish heap, or burned. My absence will harm

no one. Even ripped away, existence denied,

circumstance denigrated, no tears will fall and

the crows will continue. But can a young bird

stolen from its mother thrive? How do we justify

such action? What logic requires that the weakest,

least harmful, be severed from their families in the

guise of security? Crush the nest, then incinerate it.

Vilify the victim. Spread falsehoods, repeat the lies.

Cut their wings. Cage them. Prohibit touch. They

serve no purpose, are less than human. Is this your

truth, your legacy? Your desire? I am no man, but I

stand in these fields, listening, singing. My voice,

swelling through the wind-blown grain, expands

across the plains, casts my vote with every gust,

acknowledging humanity, asking: where is yours?


Copyright 2018 Robert Okaji


13 comments on “Robert Okaji: Scarecrow Votes

  1. fjordofwords
    June 21, 2018

    Moving words.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. daninmaya
    June 21, 2018

    Powerful words. What frightens me more or less daily is not Trump alone but what created and sustains him.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Fiery K.
    June 20, 2018

    Perfect, O!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jazz Jaeschke
    June 20, 2018

    His humanity is nowhere – he is void – but while he himself would never “get this”, it speaks for those of us blessed with some level of compassion and sensibility – those of us horrified by what can happen in our “field” without our consent.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Berna
    June 20, 2018

    You weave these words so well! As I absorb his spewed poison, I am often speechless. Your words encourage me to land my words. Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Lynne Burnett
    June 20, 2018

    Powerful, Bob!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. rivrvlogr
    June 20, 2018

    One cannot, yet fear and ignorance elected that sociopath, and he is one that lashes out the more he is cornered.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. rivrvlogr
    June 20, 2018

    Scarecrow knows there is no justification. Why don’t we?

    Liked by 2 people

    • robert okaji
      June 20, 2018

      How could any non-sociopath support such a policy? Fear and ignorance fueled by greed should not guide our actions.

      Liked by 2 people

      • rivrvlogr
        June 20, 2018

        One cannot, yet fear and ignorance elected that sociopath, and he is one that lashes out the more he is cornered.

        Liked by 2 people

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